Excellent site! My dad 'CPO Keith Blenkharn' was on the Coventry in '82. For all those who remember him, he sadly died 2 years ago of a heart attack. Too many 'babies heads' i think'!!
My dad served on HMS Hermes, but my next door neighbour was on the Coventry on 25 May 1982. Brave men, one and all. I'll always remain proud of all those who have fought to protect my freedom. God bless you all.
Great site keep up the good work, May 25 is always a sad, but perhaps contradictory, a proud day. As I remember all those lost and in particular WEA/A Ian "Stumpy" Williams. I believe one of very few Apprentices lost in active service. God bless you all Aye Jim
Hi I'm writing to see if you can add a link on your site to the Local History section on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features/local-history/index.shtml The material is really special and includes exclusive online films, never heard before audio clips and a wealth of photographs. We cover Coventry and Warwickshire and have a special focus on World War Two. Please contact me if you have any questions about how else you can get involved. Thanks.
Just found the web site. Thinking of you all today but especially remembering my brother APO/CA Stephen Dawson.
Inew frank armes who was killed on HMS COVENTRY great bloke and school mate he went in the navy and me the army, never will i forget my mate from norwich rest in peace frank your mate from norwich ALAN ROGERS.
anybody remember me?3Q Mess
Have just found the site. I served in cov as a PO (Gunner) from 1979 to 1982 and left just before the Falklands. What wonderful memories some of the names bring back. I still have my deployment book and often look through it. She really was a special ship manned by a special crew. My fondest regards to all who remember me. Yours aye Ginge.
Second dit. Reading through the site messages, it sounds like the 2002 reunion went down a real storm. As we are approaching the next anniversary, can anyone tell me if another re union is planned?
Very good site, and very informative. I served on the Cov from 1981 to just prior to sailing for the Falklands. By far the best ship I served on. Very good mates, very happy memories. I have a good stock of incriminating photos from the far east that I will now have to scan in and post!! PS. I am not really in Bulgaria, I just could not be bothered to scroll down to the UK!
hi i think one of my old friends works on hms coventry. if anyone knows him please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. his name is Dale rothwell thanks x
Came acroos the site by accident. It has now been bookmarked. I piped Coventry out of Pompey from HMS Vernon at the start of Global 80. Little did I know that my E.R.P. would be activated. I joined the ship in Istanbul and left a couple of months later in Hong Kong.I still have my "Snoopys War Canoe" T shirt.Great ship, great ships company. I am still in contact with Bob "Ginge" Applegate. May 25th is a date I shall always remember. (Half my kit is still in the roofspace of the Port side for'd Chiefs cabin!)
cheers to all the lads of the coventry from jim (george)dowds and loz (pancho) wanty ex chefs mess
just found site. made up. never seen anyone since QE2 talk to me. keep up the good work.
Nice site Damien, I was around at the time flying Lynx off another DD (Exeter) which had just replaced the Sheff. I remember the shock of hearing that the Coventry was hit, as for us we nearly got the load that finally piled into AC. Christ, I was just airborne and thought it was my deck - bad moment! All a long time ago but this Iraq stuff brings it back. Cheers - keep the memories , Phil
Fond memories of the good times in Coventry, Far east trip 3 ECHO Comms mess. Still got the deployment book and the tankard wouldnt part with it for the world. Stan Balls RO1(T)
I can't believe it has taken me so long to find this site. It bought back some some terrific memories, especially of the Far East deployment in 1980. Hope you are all keeping well.
Very good web site.Fitting tribute to the 19 who didn't return as well as the rest of the ships company.My brother served in the Falklands Wae on board HMS Antrim.I did a patrol of Falklands on board HMS Arrow 1991. Take care Steve
A mistake on my last message on one of the names it should be Billy Barnham and he used to live in Coventry if anyone can help.
Hi I've had a better look through the website and I am well impressed,well done I am trying to locate a few of the crew from the 1978-1980 if anyone can help me,I would love to know where Billy Bingham and Andy Cambell have got to,also Clive Dunn and Andy Morton if anyone can give me a clue I would be most grateful,also if anyone is intrested I have got a few photos of the Coventry when we were on the far east trip in 1980 on exercise following a russian destroyer.